Dean Kawamoto understands complex cases. Dean practices in the firm’s nationally recognized Complex Litigation Group with a focus on securities, financial services and corporate fraud. His experience with complicated financial transactions, sophisticated institutional clients, and large-scale discovery makes him highly qualified to litigate high-stakes cases involving complex issues and significant damages.
Dean is currently part of the litigation team representing several of the Federal Home Loan Banks in litigation against dozens of issuers, underwriters, and sponsors of private label mortgage-backed securities worth $13 billion. He was also part of the trial team that successfully objected to the $8.5 billion settlement between Bank of New York Mellon and Bank of America over Countrywide’s massive mortgage liabilities. In addition to mortgage-backed securities litigation, Dean also represents institutional investors in connection with the LIBOR fraud, and has experience litigating cases involving consumer protection, product liability, environmental remediation, professional liability, and the First Amendment.
Dean also has an extensive background in environmental law. He has performed climate change research in the Arctic Tundra. He has worked for the United States Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, where he was in charge of issues relating to water pollution and the Clean Water Act. During law school, he was a research assistant and teaching assistant to Professor Daniel Esty, the former Commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection. Dean also served as an adjunct instructor in environmental law and policy for the University of Southern California.
Prior to joining the firm, Dean practiced with Boies, Schiller & Flexner in Washington, D.C. and Munger, Tolles & Olson in Los Angeles. He also served as a clerk for the Honorable Wm. Matthew Byrne, U.S. District Judge for the Central District of California and was previously a Professional Staff Member on the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works and a Legislative Aide to Senator Lincoln D. Chafee of Rhode Island.
Bar and Court Admissions
2004, U.S. District Court for the Central District of California
2009, District of Columbia
2015, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California
2015, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California
2015, U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington
University of California at Berkeley – B.A., History and Biology, High Distinction, 1998
Yale Law School – J.D., 2003
University of Cambridge (UK) – LL.M., International Law, First Class Honors, 2007
Professional and Civic Involvement
Washington State Bar Association, Member
State Bar of California, Member
District of Columbia Bar, Member
American Bar Association, Member
Honors & Awards
Selected to Rising Stars list in Super Lawyers – Washington, 2014-2015
Recipient of the Clifford Chance C.J. Hamson Prize for thesis on class actions
John Gardner Public Service Fellow
Recipient of the Departmental Citation for Integrative Biology (awarded to the top graduate in the major)